Abuse advocate asks Governor for State Police investigation

Made request in formal letter Tuesday

Associated Press
May 27, 2020 - 9:55 pm
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(AP) — An advocate for those abused by priests has asked Gov. John Bel Edwards to direct the Louisiana State Police to conduct a statewide investigation of the Catholic Church for its role in child sex abuse cases.

Richard Windmann, Louisiana state leader for Survivors of those abused by Priests, made the formal request in a letter Tuesday to Edwards.  

Edwards’ office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Wednesday.

The request comes after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans announced earlier this month that it is seeking federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid growing legal costs related to sexual abuse by priests.

It’s the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to take such action.  

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